Why Anna Maria Island is Ideal for Family Vacations

Looking for a family vacation destination in Florida? Anna Maria Island is the perfect spot. It is significantly less crowded than other Florida cities like Tampa or Orlando, so you’ll truly get to relax on your getaway. You’ll be greeted by the locals as you stroll down the seven-mile stretch of land, with attractions that everyone in your family will enjoy. Whether you want to spend time on the water, indulge in local seafood, shop, or try your hand at mini-golf, you’ll find it all near our Anna Maria vacation rentals!

Active Outdoor Activities

Large rack of kayaks, canoes, and beach equipment rentals by the ocean.

Getting outside with your family is one of the best parts of summer vacations, and there are plenty of outdoor adventures on Anna Maria Island. The island is surrounded by mangroves, and there are plenty of kayaking tours in the area that will take you through the most picturesque areas. The Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-tour hosted by I Kayak Sarasota is one of the most popular options. This two-hour journey takes you through the shady canals and tunnels of the mangrove forests, and your kayak guide will keep you safe and even point out manatees and dolphins along the way!

Looking for something with a bit more adrenaline? Try your hand at watersports! H2O Watersportz in nearby Cortez, offers boat and jet ski rentals that the whole family will enjoy. These rentals are perfect if you want to take the equipment out on your own. If you’d rather have a guided tour, you can also book a boat or jet-ski tour with an experienced guide. Or, try your hand at fishing on a fishing charter! No matter which of these Anna Maria Island outdoor adventures you select, you’ll have an incredible time exploring Tampa and Sarasota Bays.

Family-Friendly Activities

For something a little more laid-back that the whole family will still enjoy, a dolphin watching tour is a great bet. Salty Dolphin Tours is one of the most popular local operations, under the watchful eye of Captain Ben Webb. Captain Ben was born and raised on Anna Maria Island and holds a Master Captain’s license, so you can rest assure that you and your family are safe and will learn as much as you can. Your captain will point out the amazing wildlife of the area, including, of course, the majestic dolphin.

If you’re looking for a bird’s-eye view of Anna Maria Island, consider parasailing! Bradenton Beach Parasailing will take you high above the water to give you a one-of-a-kind view of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, and Lido Key. The captains have more than 35 years of combined experience and all maintain a USCG Master Captain license. This is truly an activity for the entire family, ages 2 to 102. If you can sit, you can parasail! The takeoffs and landings are always soft, and if you’d like your captain to dip you down into the water, they can do that, too!

Plan Your Visit to Anna Maria Island

With all group vacations, it can be hard to find a destination with attractions for everyone. Luckily, Anna Maria Island has all this and more. When you’re looking into family vacations on Anna Maria, our rental properties are the perfect place to call your home away from home. Our staff is always available to help you, so whether you have a question about your rental or simply want a dinner recommendation, we’re here for you. Ready to start planning your dream getaway? Browse our full range of AMI vacation rentals today!


Mainsail Vacation Rentals
5325 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217


Homes & Villas by Marriott International


Sign up for our newsletter for access to our latest specials and updates.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.